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September 13, 2016

Cathy Costello Speaks to NAMI Edmond-North OKC: an Ed Talk Summary by Catherine Allen

Featured speaker Cathy Costello recently discussed the Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Act of 2016 at the NAMI Edmond-North OKC September ED TALK at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church on September 13, 2016.

August 18, 2016

Cathy Costello to speak at NAMI benefit

The Washington County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness will mark Mental Illness Awareness Week from Oct. 2-8 in Bartlesville. The event aims to shine a light on mental illness and replace stigma with hope.

July 22, 2016

Governor signs Mark Costello Act

From the Blue Room at the Capitol, hope was restored for families advocating mental health reform. 

June 20, 2016

Governor Mary Fallin Signs The Mark Costello Act Into Law


Oklahoma took a step forward in mental health reform as Gov. Mary Fallin signed the "Mark Costello Act" into law.

June 07, 2016

Parents Helping Parents to feature talk from Cathy Costello

The Norman Chapter of Parents Helping Parents will meet on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Education Center at Norman Regional Hospital, 901 North Porter in Norman.

April 20, 2016

Mental Health Bill Passes In The State House Of Representatives

A bill that would allow the courts to step in if those with mental illness are not taking their medication passes unanimously in state the House of Representatives. 

April 20, 2016

Mental Health Bill Passes In The Oklahoma State House Of Representatives

OKLAHOMA CITY (KWTV) — A bill that would allow the courts to step in if those with mental illness are not taking their medication passes unanimously in state the House of Representatives.

April 07, 2016

Cathy Costello, wife of slain labor commissioner, to speak at public rally to support behavioral health services

Organizers of an April 20 rally advocating mental health services are hoping for a large turnout to make the point that Oklahomans want better access to services. 

March 04, 2016


TULSA -  Last August, Cathy Costello watched in horror as her mentally ill son stabbed her husband to death in a restaurant parking lot.

March 03, 2016

Cathy Costello joins ad campaign for mental health treatment insurance coverage

In the parking lot of an Oklahoma City Braums, Cathy Costello held her husband Mark as he lay dying after a violent knife attack. 

December 06, 2015

Costello family struggled for years to help son with mental illness, long before tragedy at Braum's

Shortly after her husband's death, Cathy announced she wanted to continue Mark Costello's term as Oklahoma labor commissioner. In some ways, her campaign was a welcome distraction from immeasurable pain.

October 11, 2015

Cathy Costello recounts her husband’s death, tells why she wants to be Labor Commissioner

OKLAHOMA CITY — Widow of the late labor commissioner Mark Costello joins the panel to talk about why she wants to fill his position at the Capitol.

October 04, 2015

Cathy Costello: Oklahoma strong: One family's tragedy

My son murdered his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, at an Oklahoma City ice cream shop.


Right in front of me.

September 26, 2016

COMMENTARY – One of the Most Critical Issues Facing our State

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma boasts a lot of wonderful things to be proud of. We are known for our wonderful country music with many Grammy and CMA award winners. We are known for our amazing NBA team. We are Oklahoma strong when tragedy strikes during tornado season. 

January 01, 2020

ANALYSIS Cathy Costello for Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cathy Costello, widow of Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello, has formally asked Governor Mary Fallin to appoint her to fill out the remaining three years of her husband's term of office.

August 24, 2015

Christian Costello's Struggle With Mental Illness Opens Up Dialogue About Mental Health In OK


The son of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner is in the Oklahoma County jail Monday night, accused of stabbing his father to death Sunday evening at a northwest Oklahoma City fast-food restaurant.

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